Governments in Cancun need to close a deal on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and reach an agreement to make it a central part of the new climate agreement. One country that is already working on making REDD a reality in the conference room and also in the field is Vietnam.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time conserving forest natural resources on which millions of vulnerable people depend, is a win-win solution for people and nature. This is a point on which Pham Khoi Nguyen, Vietnam's Minister for Natural Resources and Environment agrees. He explains what benefits he sees coming from implementing REDD in Vietnam.
The minister also agreed that REDD is one of the most promising developments in the negotiations so far, and now it is time for a further push by governments to make REDD plus an integral part of the future climate deal.
But with Vietnam already piloting REDD, what benefits are people on the ground receiving?
Pham Minh Thoa is National Programme Director for UN-REDD Vietnam and Director of the Vietnam Directorate of Forestry.
Vietnam's forest agencies plan to share their knowledge and experience with other countries that enter in to the REDD process.